10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Istanbul
Fly + taxi:  15​h 45​min
1
Kandy
— 1 day
train + taxi:  1​h 45​min
2
Bentota
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Unawatuna
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
4
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Sigiriya
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Istanbul

1
day
Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and then contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kandy trip planning site .

Istanbul, Turkey to Kandy is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to India Standard Time (IST) is 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Bentota.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

1
night
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): kick back and relax at Bentota Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Masjid ul Abrar, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kande Viharaya, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Ahungalla Beach.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Bentota tour itinerary maker site .

Do a combination of train and taxi from Kandy to Bentota in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Bentota can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Bentota

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Masjid ul Abrar, Kande Viharaya Temple, Ahungalla Beach
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Kande Viharaya Temple ©
Kande Viharaya Temple
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach

2
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirissa Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Church, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Mihiripenna Beach, then stroll through Hikkaduwa Beach, and then examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Unawatuna tour itinerary builder tool .

Drive from Bentota to Unawatuna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Unawatuna can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Mirissa Beach, Dutch Reformed Church
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach

2
nights
Ella

Ella ©
The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock and then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak. On the next day, explore the galleries of R. M. S Antique And Brassware, don't miss a visit to Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, then admire the natural beauty at Ella Spice Garden, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Bandarawela.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Ella trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Ella takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In July in Ella, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge

3
nights
Sigiriya

Sigiriya ©
The historic rock of the same name dominates the landscape of World Heritage-listed Sigiriya, where the steep and striking lava plug contains the ruins of an ancient empire.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, identify plant and animal life at Dhilip De Alwis, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Temple of Dambulla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Lankathilaka Image House, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Polonnaruwa, then steep yourself in history at Sathmahal Prasada, and finally explore the ancient world of Polonnaruwa Vatadage.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Sigiriya trip planning website .

Getting from Ella to Sigiriya by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train. You'll set off for home on the 17th (Wed).

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Dhilip De Alwis, Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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